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a. The new manager paid the price for mishandling the deliveries and other things.

b. The new manager paid the price for mishandling the deliveries, and other things.

I think both sentences could be parsed in two ways:

  1. The new manager paid the price for mishandling the deliveries and mishandling other things

  2. The new manager paid the price for mishandling the deliveries and also for other things.

Is that correct?

I think (b) is far more likely to correspond to (2). It could correspond to (1) if the part after the comma is added as an afterthought.

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    Yes, your understanding is correct. – Kate Bunting Jan 6 at 9:43

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